Alltech, world leaders in the development of natural feed supplements and nutrition, has launched an integrated Mycotoxin Management Programme designed to detect and address the risk caused by more than 37 types of mycotoxin within the supply chain.
This year’s difficult season means livestock farmers will have to pay particular attention to managing their entire silage process if they are to avoid a high mycotoxin challenge, suggests Dr.Dave Davies of Silage Solutions Ltd.
Welsh sheep shearers certainly made their journey worth while by taking six of the possible sixteen finalist stands at South of Scotland Shears, held at the Barony College, Dumfries, at the weekend.
In the Autumn of 2011 I heard about a shepherding competition, with the fantastic prize of a trip to New Zealand! ..writes Gregor Ingram, NSA Young Shepherd of the Year 2011
Claas and Horsch set a new world record on 26th April by drilling 448.29 ha in 24 hours with the Maestro 24 SW drill and the Claas Xerion 5000 Trac tractor.
The meeting commenced with an update of what has occurred on the farm since the last meeting. During June there had been very little rainfall and the farm was looking very short of grass. The decision to start feeding store cattle at grass was almost taken in late June although they always had enough grass in front of them and performance seemed good.
A week with a JCB Groundhog 4x4 on farm, I must admit was fun and enjoyable.
With two very comfortable seats, it meant we could travel as a couple in total comfort round the hill parks, to check the newly arrived summer grazing cattle and their calves.
Colin Marr runs Cultercullen Farm near Udny Station with his wife Carol. Recently sons Nicholas and Gavin have become partners in the business after completing their respective studies. Colin is keen to invest in the future of the business, which began when his grandfather took over, what was then a tenanted farm in the 1930s, taking an already established dairy with him from another farm in the area.
Taking someone on.
Long ago that was a handshake and a nod. No-one else involved and an understanding both boss and man could walk apart and that was that.
In many respects it worked. Paperwork was non-existent and the look in both men’s eyes – all they needed to know if the deal struck, was going to work.
Nigel Boyd of Rockhallhead Farm, Collin, Dumfriesshire has just fulfilled his lifetime ambition – going dairy farming.
As many dairy farmers across the country pull the plug and get out of the industry altogether, others have expanded, but so far in this country very few have converted from beef and sheep or any other farming enterprises into dairying.